ELLA Learning Alliance on Climate Resilient Cities – Discussion 6: Community Involvement and Capacity Building for DRR
Interviews with Latin American experts about community engagement in DRR activities in the cities of Manizales, Colombia, and Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo, Brazil, served as the basis for this discussion. Guardians of the Mountainside in Colombia is a local government programme that employs local women to carry out slope maintenance and other DRR activities. While in Brazil, local community groups have received training from an NGO on how to be better prepared for extreme events. Online participants considered the differences between these two approaches, and their potential applicability in African and Asian cities. Participants also shared details of community involvement in DRR and other local environmental improvement initiatives.
- Creating ownership among community members is key to sustainable DRR and involving communities from inception can help build this sense of responsibility and ownership.
- DRR activities can provide opportunities for job creation, thus representing ‘no-regret’ investments for the government or other institutions responsible for financing.
- A combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches can improve the impact and sustainability of community involvement in DRR.
- Investments need to be made in raising awareness, building capacity and in appropriate technology.
Other ELLA knowledge materials relating to City-level Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation:
GUIDES AND BRIEFS
LEARNING ALLIANCE HIGHLIGHTS